Report | Carlisle United 1 Wanderers 4

Maghoma celebration Carlisle

Wanderers moved back into the automatic promotion places as they finished with a flourish at Brunton Park, writes Pete Oliver.

After a dominant first-half performance capped by goals from Zac Ashworth and Paris Maghoma the Whites were briefly pegged back by a Carlisle side fighting at the other end of the table.

But that only sparked Wanderers back into life and Kyle Dempsey and new boy Nathanel Ogbeta confirmed a convincing victory with injury-time strikes to send the 3,000 travelling fans home happy.

Former Carlisle captain Dempsey crowned a triumphant home-coming with a classy third goal that finally secured the points that lifted Ian Evatt’s men up to second spot in the League One table.

Ashworth goal Carlisle

And Ogbeta then rounded off an excellent afternoon in style when he came off the bench to ram home the fourth goal of an eye-catching eighth away win of the season.

Little more than 24 hours after arriving from Swansea City, new loan man Ogbeta started his Wanderers’ stay on the bench as Ashworth replaced the injured Randell Williams.

Dempsey also returned to the Whites’ starting line-up and he was instrumental in a bright start from Evatt’s side.

Ashworth and Maghoma had already worked United keeper Harry Lewis – one of the Cumbrians’ January recruits – when Dempsey got in behind the home defence and pulled the ball back for Maghoma, whose goalbound shot was blocked by Jack Ellis.

Zac Ashworth celebration Carlisle

That came in a dominant opening phase from Wanderers as they pushed for the opening goal and with an hour gone they went in front.

Carlisle had just begun to get into the contest but were undone when Josh Sheehan floated a beautiful ball over the top of the Blues’ back line to Ashworth, who steered a first-time effort over Lewis to claim his first goal in League football.

The hosts threatened a response as Jon Mellish headed an Alfie McCalmont cross just wide of the far post but Wanderers always looked as though they had too much for a Carlisle struggling against the drop and went 2-0 up 10 minutes before the break.

Again, Dempsey delivered from the right and when Ashworth teed up Maghoma his first touch created the space to steer a perfectly-placed right, foot shot low past Lewis to put the Whites in control as they looked to avenge their home defeat to the Cumbrians in October.

Jordan Gibson scored a hat-trick in that game and he was sent on at the start of the second half as Carlisle looked for a spark.

The substitute had a couple of ambitious attempts at goal before Nathan Baxter was called into action for the first time to touch over a long-range effort from Mellish.

With Wanderers needing to re-assert themselves it was Carlisle who continued to push and with 20 minutes to go they got themselves back into the game through Jordan, who took advantage of a throw-in taken yards in advance of where it should have been to fire past Baxter.

Maghoma goal Carlisle

That might have made life harder for Wanderers who almost restored their two-goal lead when Dion Charles sent an angled volley just over the top with his final touch before Evatt switched his front men in a bid to help the Whites get the job done.

The move almost paid immediate dividends as Jon Dadi Bodvarsson had the ball in the net but saw the effort disallowed for an off-side call against Dempsey who looked to be comfortably the right side of the last Carlisle defender loitering on the penalty spot as he delivered the right-wing cross.

And Jerome also went close when he was superbly picked out by Ashworth but steered his shot too close to Lewis.

Wanderers had responded superbly to the wake-up call, though, and in the first of six added minutes sealed the points through an excellent third goal.

Bodvarsson and fellow substitute Aaron Morley combined nicely and when Morley played the ball into the feet of Dempsey, the midfielder capped by an outstanding performance as he took a touch before firing home a low, left-foot shot in front of a delirious away end.

Ogbeta celebration Carlisle

The celebrations weren’t done yet, though, as there was still time for Ogbeta to introduce himself in style as the Whites again picked their way through Carlisle’s defence before Jerome allowed Josh Dacres’-Cogley’s pass to run into the path of the debutant to drill home an unstoppable shot with his first touch in a Wanderers’ shirt.

Wanderers: Baxter; Toal, Almeida Santos, Iredale; Sheehan; Dacres-Cogley, Maghoma (Morley 82), Dempsey (Mendes Gomes 90+3), Ashworth (Ogbeta 90+3); Charles (Jerome 74), Adeboyejo (Bodvarsson 74). Substitutes: Coleman, Matheson.

Booked: Toal, Dacres-Cogley

Carlisle United: Lewis; Ellis, Lavelle, Huntington, Mellish, Robinson; Neal (Garner 81), Moxon (Vela 72); McCalmont (Gibson HT); Butterworth (Diamond HT), Armstrong. Substitutes: Breeze, Maguire, Grehan, Vela.

Booked: Mellish

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 11,443 (3,044 Wanderers)

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